Justice and Public Safety

Notaries Public
Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the process of applying for a Notary Public?
  2. What is the cost to become a Notary Public?
  3. How long are appointments for?

1. What is the process of applying for a Notary Public?

A letter must be written to the Deputy Minister of Justice and Public Safety stating place of employment and occupation. It is the policy of the Department of Justice and Public Safety to restrict the appointment of Notary Publics to lawyers and articled clerks who are in good standing with the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, or those other individuals whose appointment, in the discretion of the Minister, is deemed necessary to fulfill a public need or convenience in areas in which a lawyer is not readily accessible.  If the applicant is from outside the legal profession, they must submit their reason for wanting to become a Notary Public and how such appointment would serve the public interest. A Statutory Affidavit must be attached to correspondence stating name, place of birth, confirmation of Canadian citizenship and current residence. This affidavit must be signed and witnessed by a Notary Public or Commissioner For Oaths.

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2. What is the cost to become a Notary Public?

There is a fee of $500.00 (cheque or money order) that must be made payable to the Newfoundland and Labrador Exchequer.

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3. How long are appointments for?

A Notary Public is appointed for life.

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